Wonderful dinnner at Varramista, Tuscany

Dressed for the part, although it can be quite tricky being a working photographer in full evening dress!

The anti-pasta was wild boar parcels

Another special weekend in

The pudding was a semi-fredo – delicious – and I’m not usually a pudding sort of person

Italy photographed mostly for private viewing. Here are some photos of the black tie dinner on the Saturday night. There’s nothing quite like the way that the Italians lay up tables for formal meals.

Last shoot of the season at Villa Saletta, in Tuscany

One of my favourite trees at Villa Saletta, behind Peg 1 on the first drive with high flying birds

Another hand-made Queensberry Album finds its home

Just delivered a beautiful hand-made Queensberry to James and Kitty.
The flexibility and bespoke nature of this stunning product means that invitations, orders of service (see left) and menus, can all be incorporated into the design.
The Order of Service sits next to a photo of the church and the menu next to mouthwatering photographs of the food.
The invitation is placed next to a photo of the gorgeous venue which I went to early that morning so I could photograph it in the best light.
The quality of the album is amazing – a real heirloom. The cover is in smooth Burgandy leather with a photo motif.

Perfect day – perfect memories



“What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined… to strengthen each other… to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories.”

George Eliot
English novelist (1819 – 1880)




Dear Kate,


We both wanted to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for our beautiful wedding album and parent albums. They have definitely been the icing on the cake following our very special and awesome day. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face looking through the album as it brought back so many wonderful and happy memories. We were truly blown away by all the finishing touches…the case for our album, the calendar, the little book from you. Both of us said we were over the moon that we picked you as you really delivered well beyond our expectations. Thank you Kate, for everything!
All the best, Wendy and Wayne

"They are absolutely beautiful, I am thrilled…"

Another beautiful Queensberry Album delivered to its home, together with two digital copies for parents.
The digital copies – 7″ x 5″ – are faithful replicas of the Feature Album, covered in the same ‘Baby Blue’ Leather. Each one even features the flip pages which I designed to tell the story of the ceremony on one spread. Delivered in their own soft bags they are the perfect gift for parents.

There is nothing to beat Queensberry’s quality. Expensive? Yes. But you get what you pay for. I guess I could offer my clients cheaper covers, mass market binding systems and standard size images and layouts. But I don’t give my clients average quality work so why put it in an average quality album?

Close ups of the Baby Blue Leather cover – really soft and feely – embossed with my clients’ names and wedding date; the Feature Album pages to show the page mounting of the photos (ivory mat on grey page); the first page, which has all the key details of the wedding day; the edges of the album pages, beautifully finished to last a lifetime of handling.

And also in my camera bag…..

It was INCREDIBLY hot on Saturday, and in south London – Dulwich to be precise – the heat was on and over 32 degrees by the time the suited and booted men of the bridal party had begun to gather at the church. The Best Man was mopping his brow almost as much as the nervous Bridegroom!

The humidity inside the chapel was very high and the beautiful orders of service were put to good use as fans by the guests.

It was not surprising to find that my camera bag was raided for a number of crucial items as the day wore on: water for the bride and groom after the ceremony, pain-killers (for dehydration headaches), sun tan cream, and last but not least plasters to cushion hot and swollen bruised feet!

The wedding was wonderful – an eclectic mix of Japanese, Scottish and English with guests from around the world converging on Dulwich College for the celebrations. The heat of the day turned into a balmy evening with a cool breeze and guests taking a break from dancing spilled out into the floodlit College grounds.

Latest Publicity – Wedding Venues & Services

Tilly and Christian’s perfect summer tea party is featured in the latest edition of Wedding Venues and Services. Tilly is a professional Lady Golfer, so not surprisingly the tables had a golfing theme!


The wedding took place at the exclusive Buckinghamshire venue of Poundon House – in the open air. Tilly planned her wedding in only eight weeks, although I was aware of the date for a little longer, as I had photographed Christian’s sister’s wedding four years previously at Woburn!
Christian and Tilly can be seen further down in my posts under ‘Capturing Perfect Moments’. That image not only headlines the magazine article, but will feature on the front cover of their album – currently in the final stages of production.

Advice on Choosing Your Wedding Photographer. Recent Publicity – Wedding Venues & Services

Featuring one of my favourite informal photos from Elissa and Michael’s wedding, I contributed to a piece in this summer’s Wedding Venues & Services magazine: Ask the Expert

What interested me most on reading it was that all five of us featured – some of the top names in the wedding photography world – gave essentially the same advice to prospective clients seeking to choose a wedding photographer:

See at least two complete recent weddings; you get what you pay for in photography – the better the photographer the more they charge;

see client testimonials as well as wedding photography; check experience, & whether the photographer is full or part time;

check they have client liability insurance (an absolute must have);

choose someone you get on well with;

look for passion and emotion in the images;

choose a reportage photographer with great care, not all ‘reportage’ images are flattering – make sure they can also take the other type of shots that matter e.g. groups, lovely portraits of the couple.

In terms of trends, each of us picked our own trend, but I agree with all of them:

1. Image manipulation – there is currently a fashion for heavily manipulated, fashion style images.

Whilst I think this can work well for a portrait shoot, for a wedding I offer this style to clients on one or two photos only from the hundreds taken. I prefer wedding photography to be ‘real’ rather than fake, to tell the story of the day. When I do show such an image I usually recommend that it is a stand alone image, rather than one put in the album.

2. The best of both worlds – Not just reportage or portraiture.

More Brides are realising that posed photographs don’t have to be stiff and formal and that reportage shots aren’t necessarily relaxed! The best photographers are combining both, I certainly do.

3. Trash the Dress – the big trend coming in from the USA.

This is becoming more and more popular both with my existing clients and with Brides who have used other photographers for their wedding.

4. The importance of the classic wedding album

Digital only packages are popular, but invariably clients realise that a wedding album is more than a collection of photos – it’s an heirloom, and a repository of their memories of an extra-special day.